Max Verstappen has signed a contract extension keeping him at Red Bull until 2020, the team announced on Friday during practice for the United States Grand Prix. The Dutchman had been on a deal to run until 2019, but contained clauses that could've allowed him to leave at the end of the current campaign. His first career victory in Spain in 2016 made him the youngest driver to win in Formula One.
News of the new deal comes hot on the heels of his triumph over Lewis Hamilton at the Malaysian Grand Prix at the start of this month.
"After a challenging year it's a good feeling to sign a new contract and continue this strong relationship", said Verstappen.
He has been on the podium just three times this year though, dogged by reliability issues and involved in crashes going on around him.
He said, "Red Bull has always shown their faith and belief in me with actions; inviting me in to the young driver programme as a 16-year-old, then giving me my start in Formula One when I was just 17, and then the opportunity to race with Red Bull Racing where I had such a dream start. I'm very happy to commit further to Red Bull Racing and I'm looking forward to working together to enjoy more success in the years to come". If we can learn from what happened this year I have no doubt that this team can build the best car on the grid and start 2018 competing at the front.
Horner added: "He is pure racer, with an undeniable talent at the wheel and a rare instinct for what it takes to compete consistently at this level".